Tel Rumeida

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Excavations at Tel Rumeida

Tel Rumeida (Hebrew: תל רומיידה‎) is an archaeological tell in the West Bank believed to be the location of biblical Hebron.[1] It is also the location of an Israeli settlement.[2]


The occupational sequence at Tell Rumeida is very similar to Jerusalem. During the Early Bronze III and Middle Bronze II periods, there was a fortified city at the site. No Late Bronze Age, Iron Age I or IIA cities have been found there. Above the EBIII and MBII fortified city are 8th-century BC four room houses. Fragments of jars and burnished vessels may suggest that there was a small-scale occupation.[3] According to Haaretz, the six-dunam Tel Rumeida excavation site is Jewish-owned land.[4] Prior to the Second Intifada, a Palestinian family, Abu Haikal, farmed the land as a protected tenant but the worsening security situation resulted in them being banned from farming the area.[4]


According to Ehud Sprinzak, an Israeli counterterrorism specialist and expert in far-right Jewish groups,[5] the hill was settled by "a small number of very radical Jewish families" in the mid-1980s.[6]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[7]

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  1. ^ Michael Dumper; Bruce Stanley (2006). Cities of The Middle East and North Africa: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 167. ISBN 978-1576079195. 
  2. ^ Karin Aggestam (2005). "4. TIPH: Preventing Conflict Escalation in Hebron?". In Clive Jones, Ami Pedahzur. Between Terrorism and Civil War: The Al-Aqsa Intifada. Routledge. p. 52. ISBN 0415348242. 
  3. ^ Herzog, Ze'ev; Singer-Avitz, Lily (September 2004). "Redefining the Centre: The Emergence of State in Judah". Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University (Maney Publishing) 31 (2): 219–220. 
  4. ^ a b Hasson, Nir (January 9, 2014). "Israeli government funding dig in Palestinian Hebron, near Jewish enclave". Haaretz. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ehud Sprinzak, 62; Studied Israel Far Right". The New York Times. 12 November 2002. 
  6. ^ Ehud Sprinzak (2000). "3. Israel's Radical Right and the Countdown to the Rabin Assassination". The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Stanford University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0804738378. 
  7. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 31°31′26″N 35°06′14″E / 31.524°N 35.104°E / 31.524; 35.104